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HST 271 – Sem in Social Hist Since 1865

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics examining themes in American social history. Representative topics: US Social History. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of History; minimum Junior standing.

Section Description: In this seminar we will examine the social history of the United States since the era of the Civil War. The course will be organized in roughly chronological order around five overlapping themes—the relationship of civil society to domestic politics and government; changing understandings of “race” and “gender”; class relations and meanings of wealth and poverty; grass-roots movements for social and political change; and the impact of culture and consumerism on individual lives. Classes will be discussions based on that week’s assigned readings. We will discuss not only the historical events and people we have read about but will also consider historical interpretation, points of view, and the methods historians use to gather and evaluate primary evidence. Attendance and participation is mandatory. The final course grade will be evenly split between class participation and a final research project. Prerequisite: Twelve hours History; Minimum Junior standing

CRN: 14866

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 13/20

Days Time Location
M 16:05 - 19:05 WATERMAN BLDG 456

Instructor(s): Melanie Susan Gustafson

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020